UNOs SCCJ to Graduate 6 Doctoral Students
Calli Cain, originally from Elkhorn, Nebraska, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She has been studying at UNO ever since, earning her Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2013 and plans to graduate with her Ph.D. in May.
Cain’s research interests include juvenile delinquency and corrections. Her dissertation examines gendered effects of prior victimization on delinquency type among a sample of justice-involved youth. She hopes her findings will enhance the understanding of the developmental implications of victimization among juvenile delinquents, which will hopefully shape programming needs among youth detention centers. Cain has accepted an assistant professor position at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where she will teach and continue her research agenda. She is most appreciative for the mentoring given to her by UNO faculty members Amy Anderson, Ph.D., Robert Meier, Ph.D., Gaylene Armstrong, Ph.D., and Lisa Sample, Ph.D.,
Starr Solomon hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Toledo. Solomon, who also plans to graduate in May, is mainly interested in policing, experimental design and juvenile delinquency. Her dissertation utilizes experimental survey designs to explore how the components of procedural justice and driver race influence public perceptions of police. She has accepted an assistant professorship in the Sociology Department at Kent State University (Ohio).
“I feel lucky to be a graduate student in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UNO,” Solomon recently said. “The support of faculty, especially my dissertation committee (Drs. Clinkinbeard, Nix and Schwartz), and my peers have helped ensure my success,” she added.
Timothy Barnum, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology from Valparaiso University (Indiana) and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University (Iowa). His research generally tests micro-level explanations of crime and deviance. His dissertation examines the effect of the sensation-seeking trait on the decision to engage in deviant and risk-taking behaviors and whether these processes work differently between college athletes and other college students.
Barnum has accepted an assistant professorship at Texas A&M University - San Antonio in the criminology department. While he jokes that he should have just gone to law school, he acknowledges that the five years he spent in his doctoral program at UNO have help mold him into “a better person and a confident researcher.”
Danielle Slakoff, originally from Santa Clarita, California, expects to graduate in May with her doctoral degree. Prior to enrolling at UNO, she attended California State University, Long Beach where she earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Slakoff’s research interests include feminist criminology, race/ethnicity, and media and crime. Her dissertation explores the differential media representation of white, black and Latina female victims in front-page newspaper stories.
Slakoff has accepted an assistant professor position at Loyola University in New Orleans. Graduating for Slakoff is somewhat bittersweet. She lost her father during the third year of her doctoral program and he in particular was so excited to see her reach this milestone. “My dad could not wait for me to be Dr. Slakoff, and I am so excited the time is almost here,” she said. “I could not have done this without the support of my family and husband,” she added.
Rita Augustyn, an Omaha native, plans to graduate in May with her doctoral degree. This will be the third degree she has earned from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her prior degrees, a B.S. and a M.A., were both in the areas of criminology and criminal justice. Her dissertation evaluates the prison-based residential substance use treatment programs used in Nebraska.
“When I began my academic career, I never thought I would end up where I am today,” Augustyn said. “I not only became an adult while attending UNO, but also a scholar. I am extremely grateful to the professors who saw the potential in me and who guided me down this path,” she added. Augustyn’s future plans involve relocating to Anchorage, Alaska, where she will be an assistant professor at the University of Alaska.
Joselyne Chenane, who was born and raised in Bungoma, Kenya, earned a Bachelor of Education Arts degree with a concentration in English and Literature from Egerton University (Kenya). She then attended Buffalo State College (New York) where she earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Her dissertation examines the effect of police contact and neighborhood context (police satisfaction and legal cynicism) on youth delinquency. Her research interests include police-citizen relationships, effects of neighborhood context, race-ethnicity and justice, as well as international/comparative criminal justice.
Chenane plans to graduate in August and has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She very much appreciates the emotional support provided to her from her fellow students, staff, as well as faculty members while pursuing her doctorate, in addition to the financial assistance she received in funding her education. “Because of the financial assistance,” Chenane said, “I will be the first woman in my family and small town in Western Kenya to receive a Ph.D.”
On behalf of all of the faculty and staff in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, we wish this bright group of scholars the very best in their next steps. We know they will make the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice proud!
Story published April 2018